21 Foods You Should Never Refrigerate
The refrigerator can keep our food fresh and delicious, but there are a surprising number of items you should never refrigerate. Cool temperatures may make them less tasty and even cause potential health risks. Read on to see the list of foods that should never be refrigerated.
Cool air speeds up the staling process of the bread, making it look and feel older than it actually is. Hmm… maybe this writer has been keeping himself in a fridge all these years?
We are not saying you should never put your eggs inside the refrigerator. Cool temperatures will keep the eggs fresh for a longer time, but they can ruin the taste and texture.
We all know that yogurt tastes better when it's chilled, but colder temperatures can kill the beneficial bacteria in the yogurt. So, if you want a healthy diet, you might need to sacrifice the flavor.
Cold temperatures will prolong the ripening process of avocados. However, they can stay in the fridge once ripened.
Same with avocados, mangoes are better kept outside the fridge before they are ripened.
Refrigerated air is too humid for berries. Putting them in refrigerators will not keep them fresh and actually speed the molding process.
7. Whole Melons
Cold temperatures can speed up the rotting process of melons. Also, taking whole melons out of your refrigerator is quite a space saver. However, cut melons should be covered and refrigerated to keep them fresh.
Cold temperatures damage a tomatoes' membranes so they will taste mealy and watery out of your refrigerator. However, if you want them chilled in a salad, you can put them in the fridge for a few minutes before you cut them.
9. Apples And Pears
Cold temperatures can hurt the delicate skin of pears and apples, ruining their juicy and delicious crispiness.
You may be surprised to know that cucumbers actually decay faster when cool. Next time try to keep them at room temperature and see how long they last.
Similar to cucumbers, carrots will last longer at room temperature.
If you put bananas in the refrigerator hoping to keep them fresh, you may find them turning black even quicker because of the impact the temperature has on the fruit's cell walls. Also, bananas need room temperature to ripen correctly; cool temperatures will halt this process.
Potatoes are never fit for a fridge because cold temperatures turn starch into sugar much sooner than at room temperature. Too much sugar can make potatoes discolored and less tasty. Just keep your potatoes unwashed in a cool and dry place. That way, they'll last longer and won't turn too hard before cooking.
Many People don't know onions also contain starch. So, like potatoes, they will be spoiled if left in the fridge for too long. Also, remember to keep onions away from potatoes because potatoes can speed up an onions' aging process.
Garlic in the fridge is likely to sprout early, and mold may grow within the inner layers of each bulb. So, we recommend you to keep your garlic somewhere dry and warm unless you have a vampire friend.
Fridges are too moist for cheese. It needs to be kept somewhere dry and warm.
The air in a refrigerator is too moist for coffee to remain fresh. Keep your coffee somewhere dry and away from sunlight. You'll thank us in your mornings when you sip on your steaming hot cup of espresso!
18. Hot Sauce
There is no need to put your sauce in the refrigerator because it usually contains lots of vinegar and preservatives, which slow down any bacteria from growing. Hot sauce is also more potent at room temperature, so if you think you have taste buds made of steel, try taking your hot sauce out of the refrigerator.
Like hot sauce, pickles also contain lots of vinegar. Putting them in the refrigerator will ruin the flavor.
Honey will crystallize and seize up under cold temperatures. At room temperature, it can last for hundreds of years, if kept in an airtight jar.
Eggplants are very sensitive to temperature. They need room temperature to keep their crunchy texture.